Homeschooling in Tennessee: Start Here

Welcome to the home page for homeschooling in Tennessee. If you are searching for information about TN homeschools or want to learn how to get started, you are in the right place.

Homeschooling in Tennessee requires regular reporting, but it is not hard to start.

Tennessee Homeschool Overview
And Homeschool Requirements in Tennessee

There are an estimated 38,050 home educated students in Tennessee

Tennessee requires homeschooling families to submit annual reports. TN does not require that home educators take specific subjects or classes. Tennessee policy for homeschool assessment is as follows: Periodic assessment

Very few states have laws that prevent parents from homeschooling their children. Tennessee does not prohibit parents from homeschooling based on their legal or criminal history. Only two states, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, prohibit some parents based on their criminal history or by someone living in the home.

There is no required level of education for parents in Tennessee to educate their children at home.

Tennessee vaccine information

Yes, there is.

Tennessee Homeschool Law

Tennessee State Standards and Common Core

The Common Core was fully implemented into Tennessee’s curriculum at the start of the 2013–14 school year. The Tennessee Department of Education is providing teachers with detailed model curricula units for use in their classrooms.

Common Core Implications

Tennessee currently requires homeschool students to participate in state assessments in grades 5, 7, and 9, though this requirement can be avoided.

State Subject Requirements

Requirements depend on the legal option used for homeschooling.

Homeschool Statute:

None. However, each student must be tested at the ends of grades 5, 7, and 9, and if a student falls 6 to 9 months behind grade level in reading, language arts, mathematics, or science, the director of schools will require the parent to design a remedial course in consultation with a licensed teacher.

Umbrella School:

As determined by the church-related school. There are no state requirements.

Distance Learning:

As determined by the accredited school in conformance with the requirements of the accrediting agency.

Important TN legal information links

Tennessee Homeschool Key Resources

How to Start Homeschooling in TN

It is not as hard as you might think to start homeschooling in Tennessee! Click here to get started.

Local Homeschool Associations, Organizations, and Groups

Our local organizations/homeschool groups database is under construction.

Local Common Core Action Groups

Find Homeschool Curriculum

We make it incredibly easy to find the right homeschool curriculum for your family. View our list of homeschool curriculum to get started.

Tennessee Homeschool Conventions and Seminars

Help Homeschooling in TN

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Sources: State-by-state education laws, state-by-state education bylaws, Dept. Education, local homeschool groups, and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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